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Finally, a Fix for the Wastewater Crisis in the Alabama Black Belt

The Plumbing Industry Unites with Government and Local Citizens on a Decentralized Wastewater Solution   For decades, many residents of rural Alabama have grown accustomed to a problem no one should have to face: Unsafe sanitation systems that don’t properly dispose of wastewater and sewage. The hard, clay-like Black Prairie soil – which gives this […]

How to Leverage Public-Private Partnerships to Bring Clean Water and Safe Sanitation to Underserved Communities

What is the best way for a town to maximize the historic 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to secure safe drinking water and sanitation for all Americans? The numbers are breathtaking. More than 2.2 million people in the US lack this basic human right. The infrastructure investment is our chance to right those wrongs, […]

Now’s the Time to Solve the Water Problems for Millions of Underserved Americans

Most Americans don’t give clean water a second thought. Turn on the tap, and it’s there. It’s the same with sanitation. Flush the toilet, and we’re finished. Away goes our wastewater, to someplace where it’s efficiently and effectively processed. No problem. But for the more than 2.2 million Americans with no or limited access to […]

How Americans Benefit from the Water Provisions in the Infrastructure Bill

What will your town do to maximize resiliency and equity from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act? It’s a big investment. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the $50 billion included in the bill is “the single largest investment in water that the federal government has ever made.” The bipartisan bill is […]

Water in Healthcare Facilities: The Public Health and Economic Nexus

You would expect water in a hospital to be safe. But, far too often, water in hospitals and other healthcare facilities can put patients at risk of severe illness or death. Since 2000, the United States has seen a 450% increase in cases of Legionella, the water-borne bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease, a serious form […]

What to Know About Local Plumbing Codes for Building and Remodeling

Building or remodeling a house is no easy task. It’s not even one task. Homes are complex structures with systems impacting everything from the aesthetics to safety considerations — an often not-well-understood process. There are multiple construction codes to follow when building your house, and it’s important to know all of them so you can […]

Safer Water for Nome, Texas

Reprinted from United States Conference of Mayors Business Council 2021 Best Practices Report: Mayors and Businesses Driving Economic Growth Project Description: This drinking water project brought together partners from a variety of plumbing groups as well as local city officials, each bringing their perspectives and expertise making for cohesive, well-planned, and intentional outcomes for the […]

The ANSI Process vs. Governmental Process: A Plumbing Professional Engineers’ View

“Definition: 2.1.1 Governmental Member — A Governmental Member shall be a governmental unit, department or agency engaged in the administration, formulation, implementation or enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules or regulations relating to the public health, safety and welfare. Each Governmental Member shall designate its Primary Representative who will receive benefits of membership in the Council […]

Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Beyond the Infrastructure Plan: The Plumbing Industry Steps Up

A sad and startling truth is that even if the Biden Administration succeeds in funding and completing more than $100 billion in plumbing and drinking water infrastructure improvements, there will still be more than two million Americans lacking access to clean running water and flush toilets. Even worse, this number is increasing. That is because […]

How to Build Plumbing Resiliency Into Your Community

It doesn’t take much for a natural disaster to turn into a water crisis. Weeks after power was restored to Texans impacted by the 2021 Winter Storm Uri, hundreds of thousands of Texans still didn’t have running water. Extreme weather and disasters like the western wildfires can impact a community’s water access for months and […]

What I Learned About Disinformation and the International Code Council

Let me start by saying right up front: this is a story about a competitor. My organization, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) competes with the International Code Council (ICC) for code adoption throughout the U.S. This means I’m not a disinterested party to their actions. But it also means I have […]

New Method Modernizes Hunter’s Curve Demand Estimates

Hunter’s Curve, an 80-year-old chart used to predict peak water demand in plumbing systems, has been applied as the foundation for many of today’s plumbing codes. While it has been a dependable tool, Hunter’s Curve was recently modernized – with a new methodology and new features added to IAPMO’s Water Demand Calculator – to consider […]